In today's Post-Gazette, beat writer Dejan Kovacevic does a nice feature on Brad Eldred and Ryan Doumit and the views of the Adam LaRoche trade from their respective point of views. Neither thinks it was a bad move, but the story here is that these two had shots to deliver at first base this season and are now pushed back. The trade has them working even harder now to prove they can help out the big league club.
It's sad to see really, but I just can't feel bad for these two. It's the nature of the beast. Both players have been plagued heavily by injuries in recent seasons -- Doumit his whole career -- and that's just not the type of players you can rely on, especially when they are unproven.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Eldred and Doumit can produce, either in bench roles or as AAA players. If anything, consistency with the bat could lead to small trade possibilities, or at the very least, always-needed pop out of a pinch-hitter. Whatever the case, they better be going at Spring Training at 110 percent, each and every day.